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Post-JD LL.M. FAQ
Q. Do I need to have passed a bar exam and be admitted to practice to be eligible for the program?
No, admission to the bar is not necessary. However, the nature and extent of your experience and its relationship to advancing governance and law reform will be considered during the admissions decision.
Q. How many students are accepted into the program each year?
No more than five students will be accepted to the post-JD program every year.
Q. What is the application deadline?
There is no fixed application deadline. Students may apply at any time up to July 31, but once the class has been filled, applications will be deferred until the following academic year.
Q. How much does the post-JD LLM program cost?
The tuition for the post-JD program is approximately $36,180 for two semesters and the January Term (2015-16 academic year). The Ohio Northern University Board of Trustees sets the tuition at its February meeting, so the exact amount will not be available until March. The program provides a scholarship for the six-credit-hour summer externship necessary to complete the degree.
Q. Are scholarships available?
Yes. There are a limited number of partial-tuition scholarships available for qualified students. Students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents also may be eligible for federal education loans.
Q. How do I find a summer externship?
The LL.M. program staff identifies placements for the concurrent degree students. A student may find his or her own placement, but it must be approved by the LL.M. director.
Q. What kinds of places do the summer externs work?
The summer externship that follows the nine-month academic program is an overseas placement. Previous placements for post-JD students have included the Supreme Court of Rwanda and the Kosovo Ministry of Justice Office of Foreign Affairs. Concurrent JD/LL.M. students have been placed in Uganda, Tanzania, Nigeria, Kenya, Iraq, and Georgia, working for a variety of U.S. government funded projects, foreign government offices and local NGOs. The program has working relationships with organizations throughout the world and will work with the student to identify a placement that is both consistent with the student’s interests and professional goals.
Q. Are student loans available to cover my living expenses during my overseas externship?
Yes. The externship is just another form of summer school, and most loan programs provide for living expenses, even if living abroad. Some partner organizations provide housing or living stipends.
Q. What kind of housing is available in Ada?
There is ample University housing available in Ada as well as apartments and houses owned by private landlords. International LL.M. students are required to live on campus in two-bedroom fully furnished apartments, and post-JD students are encouraged to live with the international students on campus.
Q. May I participate in law school extracurricular activities such as law review and moot court?
Post-JD LL.M. students may participate in some moot court activities depending on the rules of the competition. They are not eligible to participate in law review, but other activities of the College of Law are open to all students, including international and post-JD LL.M. students.